The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time

Over 500 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Most Underrated Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
Voting Rules
Vote up all the overlooked DS games you think other gamers should play.

Nintendo’s mini handheld system released some great games, but there are plenty of obscure and underrated DS games that are worth a second look. Upon its initial release in 2004, the Nintendo DS took the industry by storm. Having two screens may have seemed a bit gimmicky to some, but the feature was used to create some truly unique game mechanics that were both inventive and unable to be replicated on any other platform

While the DS was redefining how we thought about handheld consoles, it also defined many of our childhoods. Games like Nintendogs and Animal Crossing were instant classics every time a new version was released, but there were also games like Infinite Spacekinds and Puzzle Quest that also deserve some forgotten praise.

Vote up all the overlooked and underappreciated Nintendo DS games you think deserve more attention, and vote down the titles you think are best forgotten.

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  • Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
    Puzzle game, Adventure
    208 votes
    • Released: 2010
    • Developer: Capcom, Jupiter
    Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is an adventure game developed by Capcom for the Nintendo DS and iOS. Ghost Trick's story centers on the protagonist Sissel, and his ghost's struggle to discover who he ...more
  • 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
    Puzzle game, Adventure, Thriller
    162 votes
    • Released: 2010
    • Developer: Chunsoft
    999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is a graphic adventure game/visual novel developed by Chunsoft for Nintendo DS. It was first released in Japan on December 10, 2009, and then in North ...more
  • Hotel Dusk: Room 215
    Puzzle game, Adventure
    106 votes
    • Released: Jan 22 2007
    • Developer: Cing
    Hotel Dusk: Room 215, released in Japan as Wish Room: Angel's Memory, is a point-and-click adventure game for the Nintendo DS. Originally announced on October 5, 2005 as Wish Room, the game made its ...more
  • Fossil Fighters
    Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game
    130 votes
    • Released: 2008
    • Developer: Nintendo, Red Entertainment, Nintendo Software Planning and Development, Artdink, M2
    Fossil Fighters, known in Japan as Bokura wa Kasekihoridā, is a 2008 video game developed by Nintendo SPD, Red Entertainment, M2, and Artdink and published by Nintendo. It was first released in Japan ...more
  • The World Ends With You

    The World Ends With You

    Console role-playing game, Action role-playing game, Action game
    133 votes
    • Released: 2007
    • Developer: Square Enix, h.a.n.d., Jupiter
    The World Ends with You, known in Japan as It's a Wonderful World, is an action role-playing game with urban fantasy elements developed by Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts team and Jupiter for the ...more
  • Rhythm Heaven
    Rhythm game, Music video game, Action game
    100 votes
    • Released: 2009
    • Developer: Nintendo, Nintendo Software Planning and Development
    Rhythm Heaven, known as Rhythm Paradise in Europe and Rhythm Tengoku Gold in Japan, is a rhythm video game developed by Nintendo SPD for the Nintendo DS. It is the second game in Nintendo's Rhythm ...more